Dr Lance Nash relocated to South Africa from New England in 1995. He was soon joined by daughter Mary-Lou and Rhenosterkop Farm became home to the Nash family, their Ngunis, Alpacas, ponies, olive groves and vineyards.The whole family got involved in the making of Black Pearl Wines. Marylou as Chief winemaker, and Dad Lance, Assistant Chief. Six years later the first vintage of Black Pearl wines was released. Made in true garagiste style – the 2001 Shiraz became the Cape flavour of the day.
18 years and 13 vintages later the Nash family’s roots are firmly embedded in Boland soil. Mary-Lou has 2 South African born daughters. All the wine releases have received accolades and Mary-Lou was one of five finalists for the 2006 Woman Wine Maker of the year, finalist in 2007 for her Shiraz in Diners Club Winemaker of the year, achieved Cape Wine Master status in 2011, and was again a finalist in Dinersclub Winemaker of the Year 2013. Lance is actively involved in restoring biodiversity to the winelands and Rhenosterkop Farm has 184ha of its 240ha is covered with pristine Renosterveld.
The 2013 vintage is about to be launched and before you know it’ll be one of the family’s favourite times of year – harvest time!